California houses of gordon drake from which this article is excerpted was originally published in 1956 shortly after drakes death one of the authors douglas baylis 1915 1971 was a west coast landscape architect often credited as one of the founders of the california school of modernism in landscape architecture. William stout publishers recently reissued california houses of gordon drake by douglas baylis and joan parry with a new preface by australian architect glenn murcutt and a new introduction by . Gordon drake 1917 1952 gordon drake was born march 19 1917 in childress texas after graduating from high school drake got his first experience with design and construction helping his brother build a home in hawaii in 1937 drake enrolled in the architecture program at the university of southern california graduating in 1941. Gordon drake died at the age of 34 in a skiing accident at the sierra resort in northern california on january 15 1952 maggie and douglas baylis friends and fellow designers wrote the california houses of gordon drake in 1956 which was. In his prolific but tragically brief career gordon drake significantly influenced and inspired the direction of post world war ii residential architecture working almost exclusively from the west coast he created a new architecture embraced by post war middle class america without abandoning any
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